Banaras is a sensorial experience; it touches and teases one’s senses at so many points and levels. There are so many colors, so many sounds and mouth-watering smells. One such smell is that of deep fried delicacies, filled with masaledar stuffing, bathing in glistening oil. The smell is so strong that it literally gives you wings and makes you fly towards those stalls filled with the grey from all the frying and reds from all the chilly! This saree is a take on these unique colours.
Length: 6.5 meters ; Width: 47 inches
Blouse Piece: Yes, the 5th image is of the blouse piece
1. Dry wash
2. Low iron if needed
Blouse: Su, the model is wearing a blouse named as Surkhi
Fabric: Katan Silk and polyester
Disclaimer: Slight colour variations are due to photography location and light conditions
There are some things in the world that depreciate in value with the passing of time. However, there are other things that become more and more valuable with time. Old is truly considered gold in such cases. A fine example for this is the Banarasi saree. The Banarasi saree is a product of one of the oldest surviving saree weaving techniques in our country and has survived centuries of cultural change and transformations. These sarees are unique as they use real gold and silver zari threads for weaving. These threads are flattened strips of gold or silver alloys that are then woven to form beautiful patterns and motifs on the saree.
The weavers of Banaras pass on this timeless craft to the next generation as a way of life itself. Right from tracing patterns to be woven on the saree, sourcing the threads, dying the threads and then weaving, the entire process takes anywhere between 15 days to 6 months depending upon the complexity of the designs. But, the end result is a unique, Banarasi silk saree that is irreplaceable in a woman’s wardrobe!